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Marimar Estate Cristina Pinot Noir 2009

ID No: 398294
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Product Description

Marimar Estate Cristina Pinot Noir 2009 is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir

Don Miguel Vineyard
Russian River Valley AVA

Why "Cristina“?
Named after my daughter, Cristina, this wine is a special selection of 16 barrels from a unique blend of our Pinot Noir clones that we feel best represents the terroir, or personality, of the Don Miguel Vineyard and shows the most potential for aging.

The Vinification
The grapes were harvested September 2-4 and after minimal crushing, they fermented in small stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels from the forest of Bertranges: 50% new from Remond and Rousseau, and 50% one-year-old. After 11 months of aging in oak the wine was bottled, unfined and unfiltered, in August 2010.

The Clones
The vineyard’s 30 acres of Pinot Noir are planted with several clones, which yield wines with complex layers of flavors. The blend of clones in this vintage is 60% Swan, 35% Pommard, and 5% Dijon 115.

Tasting Notes
This barrel selection of Cristina displays the classic intense aromas of raspberry and blackberry, orange blossom, clove, and a trace of forest floor. The palate is rich and mouthwatering, with silky tannins and great depth. It is a delightful wine to drink right now, but it will develop and gain complexity with age, at least for another 20 years.


 

Review:

A blend of the best barrels of wine sourced from the Don Miguel Vineyard, Cristina is named for Marimar Torres’s daughter. This exceptionally rich wine will reward at least 6–8 years in the cellar. It’s concentrated, with notes of raspberries, cherries, pomegranates and rhubarb, all framed by significant tannins. The overall mouthfeel is elegant and weighty. 92 Point Wine Enthusiast

Winery: Marimar Estate

The Marimar Estate
Exporting a Legacy To California
Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, the Russian River/Green Valley appellation is a perfect microclimate for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles north of San Francisco, the site is influenced by the sea's cooling breezes and drifting fog. That is why Marimar Torres selected this privileged location to "export" the Torres family legacy of fine wines to California.

A Catalan Farmhouse-Winery
Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines. The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling. Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character.

 

The Marimar Vineyard
The Don Miguel Vineyard: A Unique Site
Marimar came to live in California in 1975. After two years of searching, she acquired the land and began planting the vineyard in 1986. Today there are 30 acres planted with Chardonnay and 30 with Pinot Noir. The wines are made entirely from estate-grown grapes. Named in honor of the late patriarch of the family, the vineyard is unique in California because it is totally European in style. The vines are trained very close to the ground on an open vertical trellis, following the slope of an east-facing hillside; the rootstocks are phylloxera resistant; and the planting density is 2000 vines per acre, four times more than is traditional in California. Such high density promotes root competition and diminishes vigor, naturally reducing the output per vine.
Yields are low and labor is intensive, but the vines live longer and produce grapes with greater concentration of flavors, more refined and elegant aromas, and better balance. To contribute complexity, Marimar did extensive research to select several clones of each varietal: See, Rued and Spring Mountain for Chardonnay; and Cristina 88, Swan, Pommard, Lee, Dijon 115 and Dijon 667 for Pinot Noir. Each clone brings different attributes to the final blend, resulting in wines with deep layers of flavor

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